Saudi-Backed and UAE-Backed Yemeni Fighters Clash in Taiz

Govt accuses separatists of trying to expand control

Fighting in southern Yemen continued over the weekend in Taiz, when the Saudi-backed Yemeni government accused the UAE-backed separatists of having designs on the strategically important city, leading to multiple clashes.

Government forces and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) have been fighting over several provinces in South Yemen in recent weeks, and Taiz has been seen as the key to this war from the start. Indeed, the stalemate there is a big part of why pro-Saudi forces have been stalled in the south.

The UAE backs the separatists, and the Saudis back the government, but mostly the Saudis have tried to get the two sides talking, something which so far hasn’t accomplished anything, with the government criticizing the very idea of power-sharing.

After the Saudis attacked Aden, Taiz was the first offensive, aiming to take a road leading to Sanaa. The fight over Taiz has been raging ever since, with no sign of anyone taking it over enough to push deeper north.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of